Montréal is a city of indulgence. From foie gras poutine and juicy smoked meat sandwiches, to creamy ice cream and melt-in-your-mouth pastries, there are so many ways to give in to taste temptations. But if you’ve gone a bit overboard with the fries and gravy lately and you are looking to cleanse your body – and your conscience – with some healthy fare, Montréal’s got you covered with some of the best vegetarian and vegan restaurants around.
Invitation V – 254 Bernard Street West
Located in the Mile-End, this vegan bistro sets off to dispel the stigma of vegan cuisine being mundane, bland and taste-less. A world of tastes and flavours are featured on the menu which is inspired by Chef Kelvin’s travels around the globe. Invitation V serves brunch on the weekends as well.
La Panthère Verte – Multiple locations
The “Green Panther” is a homegrown chain of vegetarian and vegan restaurants scattered around the city of Montréal. Try their famous falafel pita sandwich – falafel balls, cabbage, carrots, pickles, sauekraut, sprouts, and tahini.
Lola Rosa – Multiple locations
Their slogan is “the vegetarian restaurant preferred by non-vegetarians” – that’s a big claim, but it’s not completely wrong – their veggie poutine is killer. However, that’s not something you think of when planning a post-holiday cleanse. Try their chili packed with a medley of heart-healthy beans packed full of fiber spiced up with chipotle.
Mandy’s – Multiple locations
Montreal’s quintessential salad bar, Mandy’s is the go-to spot for locals craving salads. A great roster of signature salads, Mandy’s is popular for custom made and personalized salads created from a pick-your-own ingredient list. Chose healthy and good-for-you veggies to fill your bowl and top it with a choice of their signature dressings.
Copper Branch – Multiple locations
Copper Branch takes pride in serving whole foods in their 100% plant-based menu. Get the Aztec bowl – organic rice or quinoa topped with fresh veggies, sprouts, legumes and a choice of soy based protein. They are proud to provide ingredients that are not only high in nutrition, organic, and low in sugar and saturated fats but ones that are socially responsible and sourced from fair-trade producers.
Crudessence – Multiple locations
Montreal’s very own raw-food restaurant. The raw-food diet is a practice of eating uncooked, unprocessed foods. Crudessence’s menu is packed full of nourishing items that are prepared to showcase each ingredient at its peak to provide a superior dining experience.
Jus Pur – 1005 Bernard Street
Juicyyy Lab – 4289 Notre-Dame Street West.
Café Nutri Mania – 16 Rachel Street East.
Rejuice! Bar à Jus / Jus Bar – 5128 Sherbrooke Street West.
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